All Posts Tagged With: "The Pastry Case"

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Petit fours for a crowd

Last week I made several types of petit fours for my mom’s book club meeting. They were a hit! I love being able to share the taste of French pastry with people. It’s just something we don’t get to taste a lot of here. I chose to make russians (or pistachio stacks, as I like […]

30Jul2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Cupcakes, farmer’s market finds, and pastries

Most of this past week has been spent making cupcakes! I had an order for one of my personal favorites, red velvet cupcakes. For those of you unfamiliar with red velvet, it is a buttermilk cake, tinted red, with a hint of cocoa. The buttermilk helps make the cake really moist and soft. It satisfies […]

20Jul2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Namaste…Peace & Ice Cream

“God, I hope you’re not turning into one of those reclusive cat freaks”, my older brother, Kyle, recently commented to me after I posted a picture of my cat Benny into an online photo album. This thought came back to me yesterday while vacuuming cat litter off of the floor. Then I remembered my lovestruck cooing over the […]

11Jul2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Strawberry Season

Ever since I can remember, my mom would take us strawberry picking as kids. We would get up early to beat the heat, and head to Hilger’s Farm Market. Once there, we piled into a trailer that gets pulled by a tractor out to the strawberry fields. I know, it sounds slightly ‘hick’, but it […]

9Jul2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Pastry School Update: Breads and Breakfast Pastries

Another week in the kitchen for our breads and breakfast pastries unit has passed, and ohh, the abundance of baked goods. I think I have been following a strict butter diet. On to the food… Photograph (right): Pear danish TUESDAY: We didn’t have class on Monday due to MLK Day. Tuesday arrived with a bang, […]

25Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Marble Bundt Cake

Earlier this month, we celebrated my younger brother’s birthday. Cam is a simple guy, and he likes his desserts that way too. Nothing too fancy, just classic flavors for classic goodness. When I came across this recipe, I knew it would be perfect for ringing in his birthday. The cake is made in a bundt […]

25Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Pastry School Update: The First Two Weeks

This week at pastry school was our first week in the kitchens. Last week was mostly orientation, food safety/sanitation, and lecture classes, which were inspiring. Some of the chefs spoke to us about the different areas of the food industry our talent could take us. The great thing about being a pastry chef is that […]

19Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Pear and Berry Crisp

During my first solo weekend in Chicago, I took care of the ususal tasks required from a young twentysomething: grocery shopping, hemming my chef pants, ironing my chef jacket, and studying the properties of butter, cream, eggs, and flour. Exciting right?! I’ve lived in my apartment for over a week now, but I’ve found that when I live […]

13Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Pastry School!

Well, I am halfway through my first week of pastry school! Each day has been exciting and exhausting, but the exhausting part comes with adjusting to any new job or semester of school. Highlight: Getting my pastry tool kit filled with all the goods. Lowlight: Sanitation and food safety class. I think I’ll be afraid […]

8Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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It’s All In The Family

So it’s been awhile. Apologies. I have reason for that, it was great week of visiting family, baking jobs, and holiday hustle and bustle. Of course there were more cupcakes to be made, which I will discuss later in my posts on Kat Rohrbacher, the artist I worked with for her thesis project, and on Christmas […]

24Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Kat’s Cupcakes

So I know I told everyone I would report back on the cupcakes I’m making for Kat Rohrbacher’s thesis project in her graduate program for art school. Here’s an update to that. We met today for our “cupcake transaction”. She is a very sweet girl and I wish her all the best of luck. I […]

24Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Gingerbread Scones

These delicious scones can be whipped up with a few pulses in the food processor in minutes. As they bake, your kitchen will fill with the scents of Christmas- cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. You may wish to reduce the amount of spices and molasses, as they are a bit spicy and younger mouths may not […]

24Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Christmas Red Velvet Cupcakes with Mascarpone Cream Cheese Frosting

I didn’t think I would do this, but being in a generous mood with the approaching holiday, I have decided to share my coveted Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe. Red velvet is my favorite type of cake- it is in its own category of cake and taste. It has a hint of cocoa in it, and a […]

24Dec2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Let’s Make a Date Muffins

These are one of the muffins I made this past weekend when we had company in town. They bake up nice and high and have a beautiful streusel topping. The dates are made into a puree so there are no date pieces in these, although you could always process the dates less to make a […]

24Dec2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Tiramisu with Homemade Ladyfingers

Dessert overload this weekend. I had been planning on making Dulce de Leche Eclairs this weekend (I still did by the way) when my I received a text from my Mom Saturday afternoon… “Can you make tiramisu tonight?!”. I replied saying she needed to pick up mascarpone cheese and cream cheese. What was the root […]

15Dec2008 | | 8 comments | Continued
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The Beautiful Web of Food

Earlier this week, something very cool happened. I was contacted by Kat Rohrbacher, an artist from Baltimore who is originally from Fort Wayne. She is working on her thesis project for graduate school and wants to use my cupcakes in her paintings! We chatted for a long time last night about her project and I […]

12Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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More Sweet Stuff…Sugar Cookies, Cookie Decorating, & Hot Chocolate

I had a baking disaster yesterday. I was looking forward to trying out a new recipe for Caramel Sea Salt Truffles because I thought that salty-chocolate combination would be quite tasty . And they would be the perfect gift for sticking in holiday packages. The problem is, I am caramel challenged. Try as I might, I […]

11Dec2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Breakfast Today? Christmas Cookies.

A bit overdue, perhaps, but our mini marathon of Christmas cookie baking took place yesterday. Originally my Mom and I had planned on baking early in the day, but it was snowing and we decided to get some errands done first. We ended up making four different types, two old and two new recipes. At our […]

7Dec2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

My little brother has been asking me to make these, and while I have several more unusual and distinctive Christmas cookies to blog about, I’ll go ahead and post this recipe. It is a simple Christmas cookie staple. Another crinkle cookie, these are low-maintenance and beautiful from the contrasting white and brown that happens as the cookies bake […]

3Dec2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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How to Make a Chocolate Yule Log

Cake rolls can be intimidating, I’ll admit, but this recipe for Chocolate Yule Log Cake, also known as Buche de Noel, couldn’t be simpler and it tastes fantastic. Ribbons of light chocolate cake surround a cool chocolate whipped cream filling. Bittersweet chocolate ganache covers the sides of the log, delivering extra bites of chocolate. The spongy chocolate […]

28Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Icebox Butterhorns and Campton Place Hot Chocolate

Our leisurely Saturday morning was intensified with delicious Icebox Butterhorns and Campton Place Hot Chocolate for breakfast. Usually I make these tried-and-true rolls for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, but of course I couldn’t wait for five more meager days and made them on a whim. Please excuse my doofus of a brother sticking his face […]

24Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Pumpkin Tart: Two Ways, with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Ann, this post is for you. Over the past week I’ve tried my hand at two different pumpkin tarts. They are both equally good. Both tarts feature that soft, almost sugar cookie-like crust that is not too sweet, and a smooth, creamy pumpkin filling, flavored with just the right amount of spice. The topping is […]

21Nov2008 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Chocolate Mousse Dream Cake

I’m a big fan of this one. Dense, flourless chocolate cake is topped with a light, creamy milk chocolate mousse, then drenched in bittersweet chocolate glaze. The entire delight is kept in the freezer, which surprisingly keeps all the layers at just the right texture. This dessert is best served within a few minutes of removing it […]

20Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Cranberry Crumble Tart

Forget eating cranberries as a side dish. Have them for dessert in this cheery tart. Cinnamon and orange zest help celebrate the taste of cranberries. The cranberries turn into an oozy bubbling garnet mixture as they bake beneath the sweet crumble topping. While they are still sweet-tart in taste, the buttery flaky crust and the […]

20Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Basic Pie & Tart Crusts

I never was a huge pie fan until I started making my own and I could control the crust. I know that’s a very food snobbish thing to say, but I say this with complete innocence! I like crusts to be tender, flaky, subtle- the real prize to a pie or tart is the filling. […]

18Nov2008 | | 5 comments | Continued